President Of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, Cuts Sod For Phase 111 Of Five Districts Water Supply Project In Volta Region

Photo of President Akufo-Addo cutting sod for Phase III of five districts water supply project in Volta region

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cut the sod for the commencement of construction Phase III of the Five Districts Water Supply Projects in Five Districts of the Volta Region. He cut the and on Tuesday, 1st September 2020, at Adaklu-Anfoe, in the Adaklu District and while doing so stated that the phase II of the project will provide portable water to Central Tongu, Notth Tongu, Adklu-Anyibe, Agotime-Ziope and Ho West Districts. According to him,  “It is gratifying to note that this Project will provide potable water to eighty-nine thousand, one hundred and seven (89,107) people in one hundred and eighty-three (183) beneficiary communities, such as Dadoboe, Mawoekpor, Mafi Zongo, Mafi Kutime, Mafi Kumase, Avedo Bakpa, Kpoviadzi, Adidome, Kanikope, Bagalikope and Manase Zongo.”

The Phase III is being financed by a concessionary credit facility from the Raiffeisenbank International of Vienna, Austria, to the tune of €11.5 million and according to the president, treated water to a total number of 183 communities will be transported through 132 kilometers of transmission and distribution pipelines. Other components key to the project include the installation of booster stations, elevated concrete tanks, health and hygiene education and environmental and social safeguards.

Photo of Republic of Ghana President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

According to President Akufo-Addo, “Upon completion, this Project will result in an increase in water coverage for the Volta Region by some 5.6%. Furthermore, it is also expected to reduce the time spent in search for water, thereby, relieving, especially, women and children of this burden; minimize the affliction of water-borne diseases; and maximize the social and health benefits of clean, safe and reliable drinking water. Government, he stressed, will continue to create an enabling environment, through the provision of social infrastructure, to attract investment to our rural communities. As a result, I expect that, with the availability of potable water in these communities, investors will take advantage of Government’s Flagship programs, such as “One- District, One-Factory”, to establish small and medium scale factories to exploit the natural resources of the area, create employment for the youth, and stimulate the growth and development of the local economy. I asure residents of Adaklu-Anfoe, and, indeed, residents of the 183 beneficiary communities that his Government would not relent in its efforts to increase access to water for all, a 2016 NPP Manifesto commitment, which remains a key priority. Whilst Government is committed to living up to its social responsibility, by providing social services like this water project to the people of Ghana, we expect beneficiary communities to contribute their quota towards ensuring the sustainability of these services, by helping to protect the infrastructure so they can last long. I urge the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, the implementing Agency of the Project, to ensure timely completion of all detailed designs, and also to ensure that the project construction is carried out in accordance with required standards and specifications. I assure residents in this Region that Government has plans to increase further water coverage. Phase IV of this Project will be implemented soon for the benefit of communities in the remaining two districts, i.e. North Tongu and Ho West, through the same funding source.”

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